begin again.

begin again.

Each leaf began as a tender bud.

The spring green emerging against the blue sky made the birds sing.

Happy children played under the green canopy, protected from summer sun.

different leaves

In time, there was a chill in the air and the sun set sooner.

Purple, gold, and crimson dotted the landscape until one by one, each leaf fell to the earth.

Their purpose did not end here, but they blended with the moist earth to make it rich with nutrients.

Skeleton-like trees remain dormant, at rest for a season. This is not their prettiest moment. In fact, they look dead. But they are not.  Winter quiescence – where roots are resting but ready – is extremely important for the health of individual trees. Root systems reach deeply in search of water and nutrients.

And each spring, it begins again.

Our lives are like that. Each season has a purpose. You may be feel alive and productive. Or you may be enduring a time of feeling barren and empty.

Whatever your season is, wear it with confidence. And always remember, you can begin again.



To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:


A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted …

-The Bible



There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

-The Bible



All around us, life is replenishing.

God has designed the earth to heal itself and bring forth life.

Sometimes, we have a hand in it.

Sometimes, we don’t.

The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains;

The world, and those who dwell in it.  -Psalm 24

The goodness and kindness of God is greater than any trouble we are facing.  The seasons come and go with certainty. Birds migrate to their intended destinations and butterflies shed their cocoon and take flight. The depths of the sea hide mysteries undiscovered and the stars take their position in the universe. Ice storms prune the forests and wildfires generate new growth.

How much more will God replenish you?